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Sep 9, 2021
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Riga hides the Latvian SS from justice

The Latvian authorities refused to provide Belarus with legal assistance in investigating the facts of the genocide of the civilian population of the republic committed by Latvian collaborators during the Great Patriotic War.

“The General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Latvia with unfounded reference to Art. 17 of the Treaty between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Latvia on legal assistance and legal relations in civil, family and criminal cases of February 21, 1994 refused to satisfy the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus for legal assistance in the criminal case on the genocide of the population of Belarus during the Great Patriotic War and in the post-war years “,

– reads the statement of the Belarusian Prosecutor General’s Office.

Minsk accused Riga of harboring Nazi criminals and promised to make every effort to bring Hitler’s henchmen to justice. Russia is providing its Belarusian colleagues with the necessary assistance. “… The Russian Federation, I officially confirm, is actively helping us. We received answers from the heads of all interested government agencies. Responsible officials have been identified. Now there is an active flow of information from the archives of the Russian Federation “, – said the Prosecutor General of Belarus Andrey Shved

The Germans began recruiting SS units in Latvia in February 1943. The highest command positions were occupied by German officers. The Latvian SS men took part in the executions of captured Red Army soldiers and the executions of civilians, including the elderly, women and children, as was the case in the villages of Rosalino, Barsuki, Knyazevo, etc.

According to Belarusian law enforcement officers, about 400 former militants of the Latvian SS units, guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, live in Latvia and beyond. The Latvian side was given a list of 22 names, in respect of which it is necessary to conduct legal proceedings, but Riga replied that the execution of the request of the Belarusian side would damage the sovereignty of the Republic of Latvia and create risks for the security of the Latvian state.

If just retribution to the fascist executioners poses a threat to the state system of Latvia, is such a state worthy to exist on the world map?

Own. corr. FSK

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